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The series follows the Mormon faith through the lens of “The Principle of Plural Marriage” from its genesis in 1831 with its originator Joseph Smith, through the hidden history and governmental pressure, to today and contemporary practicing Fundamentalist Mormons.



For the first time polygamy is dissected through a feminist viewpoint, with attention given to the experiences of the women, women who sacrificed everything and suffered long and are never mentioned in museums or landmark tours. Their experiences, along with interviews with experts, sc20140302_130747holars, historians, and those still affected directly by the practice, paint a new portrait of how the west was shaped, by the hard work and toil of these invisible women, hidden away through controversy.



Through Hansen’s careful work, we see how the practice of polygamy affected every aspect of the LDS church’s formation and is still a shadow hanging over the church, visible in it’s approach to marriage, the role of women, and the temple ceremonies. Instead of the historical footnote polygamy is often treated as, Hansen shows how this practice, started in secret and a direct cause of Joseph Smith’s death, responsible for driving the saints to Utah, and then outward again to Mexico and Canada, the root of power struggles both in the church and out, the cause of suspicion and eventually violence including the Mountain Meadows Massacre, was an instigator to most of the history of American West. For the first time, The Year of Polygamy shows how the west was settled not only to claim land and mineral rights, but in a very real way to control the bodies and sexuality of women in a way that reverberates today. Find our more at YearofPolygamy.com

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    • 4.7, 469 Ratings

The series follows the Mormon faith through the lens of “The Principle of Plural Marriage” from its genesis in 1831 with its originator Joseph Smith, through the hidden history and governmental pressure, to today and contemporary practicing Fundamentalist Mormons.



For the first time polygamy is dissected through a feminist viewpoint, with attention given to the experiences of the women, women who sacrificed everything and suffered long and are never mentioned in museums or landmark tours. Their experiences, along with interviews with experts, sc20140302_130747holars, historians, and those still affected directly by the practice, paint a new portrait of how the west was shaped, by the hard work and toil of these invisible women, hidden away through controversy.



Through Hansen’s careful work, we see how the practice of polygamy affected every aspect of the LDS church’s formation and is still a shadow hanging over the church, visible in it’s approach to marriage, the role of women, and the temple ceremonies. Instead of the historical footnote polygamy is often treated as, Hansen shows how this practice, started in secret and a direct cause of Joseph Smith’s death, responsible for driving the saints to Utah, and then outward again to Mexico and Canada, the root of power struggles both in the church and out, the cause of suspicion and eventually violence including the Mountain Meadows Massacre, was an instigator to most of the history of American West. For the first time, The Year of Polygamy shows how the west was settled not only to claim land and mineral rights, but in a very real way to control the bodies and sexuality of women in a way that reverberates today. Find our more at YearofPolygamy.com

    Episode 183: Talking With God, Part Three

    Episode 183: Talking With God, Part Three

    Join Lindsay as she concludes her conversation with Aaron Sullivan, a successful computer engineer and Mormon man who once heard voices and talked to God.















    Listen to part one here.







    Listen to part two here.

    • 27 min
    Episode 183: Talking With God, Part two

    Episode 183: Talking With God, Part two

    Join Lindsay as she continues to talk with Aaron Sullivan about his experience seeing angels, talking to God, and having visions. This is part two of one. Listen to part one here.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Episode 183: Talking With God, Part One

    Episode 183: Talking With God, Part One

    Join Lindsay as she interviews Aaron Sullivan, a man who once had prophetic visions and talked directly with God, until one day it all suddenly stopped.

    • 55 min
    Episode 182: The Atmosphere of Polygamy in Nauvoo

    Episode 182: The Atmosphere of Polygamy in Nauvoo

    Join Lindsay as she sits down with American historian and professor Benjamin Park about polygamy in Nauvoo and the atmosphere it created.

    • 51 min
    181 Part Two: American Prophetess- An interview with Julie Rowe

    181 Part Two: American Prophetess- An interview with Julie Rowe

    Join Lindsay as she interviews Julie Rowe about her relationship with Chad Daybell. This is part two of a two-part interview. You can listen to part one here.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    181 Part One: American Prophetess- An interview with Julie Rowe

    181 Part One: American Prophetess- An interview with Julie Rowe

    Join Lindsay as she interviews Julie Rowe about her theology, her following, and her revelations.This is part one of two. You can listen to part two here:

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
469 Ratings

469 Ratings

saraskid ,

Can’t. Stop. Listening.

I started at episode 1 and just can’t stop. Every episode has been informative and captivating. I’m just sad that the early episodes aren’t up anymore!

121664 ,

I’m bedazzled

Fun funky and about monos

legaljunkie ,

Aaron Sullivan

So enjoyed listing to your conversation with Aaron. I personally saw the devastation of the Lafferty’s and their devolving religious beliefs. We are now seeing this again with Chad Daybell. Kudos to Aaron

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